John 16: 12-15 Sometimes the real power of the scripture text lies in its context, and this is one of those times. Jesus is leaving. The One who the disciples have attached their lives to is going back to the Father. They left everything – their families, their vocations, everything. And now Jesus is leaving them?… Continue reading The Spirit Will.
We’ve talked a great deal before about how God speaks in whispers; “still, small voices”, I Kings 19: 12. Every now and then we hear that whisper and catch a glimpse of God’s presence in our lives. And then, every now and then, God shouts! Every now and then God comes to His people in… Continue reading When the Spirit Shouts!
As a result of his conversion in chapter 9, Saul (now named Paul) has been called to take the message of the Gospel into the Gentile world. He will spend the rest of the book of Acts doing exactly that. In fact, his travels will take him all the way to Rome, the heart and soul of… Continue reading Questions of Freedom
This Sunday, seven of our youth will be confirmed through the rite of Affirmation of Baptism. And as I have said to them, so now I say to you. Confirmation is not graduation. Confirmation is a continuation in the faith of following Jesus. It is a moment of celebration for the entire family of God and an opportunity… Continue reading To Be Continued
Throughout Acts the story of the Holy Spirit is being told. This is the story of the Spirit of the One who is risen from the dead. The story of the Spirit who is alive and active and driving God’s people to new places and situations; the Spirit who is bringing to fulfillment things long… Continue reading Explain Yourself!
Acts 9:36-43 Let’s talk about God’s sheep. According to Jesus’ own words in John 10, God’s sheep are people he knows and people who follow him. Jesus, the Shepherd, knows the sheep. The sheep know and follow the Shepherd. Sheep and shepherd is scriptural insider language to talk about God and his people. To that end, it underscores… Continue reading Some of God’s Sheep
Luke’s Pentecost, the giving of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church, is recorded in Acts 2. From that point on the Spirit alive and well and at work and miraculous and marvelous things happen as a result. Peter gives the first Christian sermon (Acts 2), the same Peter that said not one word in… Continue reading Through You